Spicy Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Yes! It’s grilling season. Fast, flavorful and fancy, these pesto grilled shrimp hit the 3 F’s. (lol). Great for a laid back fam dinner on the deck or served on a fancy platter with a drizzle of pesto to impress your guests, these are great either way! Put this dinner together in under 15 min! Enjoy.


1 lb. extra jumbo shrimp (~20 shrimp), peeled and de-veined

5 wooden or metal skewers

salt and pepper

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Pesto ingredients:

4 Cups roughly chopped/torn basil

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 Cup parmesan, shredded or grated

1/2 Cup olive oil


  1. Make the pesto: In a food processor add: salt, red pepper flakes, basil, parmesan, and garlic. Pulse the mixture while drizzling in olive oil to bring to a liquid, sauce-like consistency. Set aside the mixture.

2. In a bowl add the shrimp with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

3. Skewer the shrimp onto the wooden skewer, fitting 4 shrimp to each skewer

4. Grill shrimp on medium-high, 1 – 1.5 minutes each side or until pink and just cooked through

5. Remove from grill, arrange on a platter and drizzle with pesto mixture and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Serve immediately.

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